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Obituary: David H. Jonassen, Columbia, Mo.

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David H. Jonassen, 65, died Sunday morning, Dec. 2, 2012, at his home in Columbia Mo., after living life fully, the last two years with advanced stage lung cancer.

A funeral Mass to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at noon at St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, Mo.

David was an accomplished man -- he contributed to the lives of his family and friends and was world renowned in his professional career.

David earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Delaware in 1970 and 1972, respectively, and his Ed.D. in Educational Media and Educational Psychology from Temple University in 1976.

He has been a Professor of Learning Technologies and Educational Psychology at the University of Missouri since 2000. In 2010 he was named Curators’ Professor, the University of Missouri’s highest honor for world-renowned scholars. Previously, he held professorships at Penn State University, the University of Colorado, Denver, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Over his nearly 40-year academic career, he has written 37 books, 182 journal articles, and 67 book chapters. He has made hundreds of invited presentations in the USA and 28 other countries and his transformative work on problem solving and educational technologies has attracted more than $12 million in funding.

Dave loved to hike and climb mountains and has “bagged” 50 of the 54 famous “fourteeners” in Colorado, peaks that are more than 14,000 feet in elevation. He was an active member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center and numerous professional societies.

David was born September 14, 1947, in Salem, New Jersey, to Fleta and William Jonassen, both of whom preceded him in death. He leaves his beloved wife of 18 years, Rose Marra of Columbia, Mo., and adored daughter, Cristen Jonassen Underwood (Eric) of Westminster, CO, and grandson, Alexander David Underwood. David also leaves brothers, Stephen (Chicago, IL) and William (Clearwater, FL); sister, Susan Shultz (Columbus, IN); nieces, Kirsten, Caitlin, and Anna; and nephew, Brandon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Catholic Charities of America, the American Cancer Society, and to the newly founded David H. Jonassen Scholarship (

Dave -- we’ll miss you -- climb high.

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